Basketball

Special Olympics athletes Nick Van Denburgh of Minnesota and Michael Reed of New Jersey tip off at the 2013 Special Olympics Unified Sports Basketball Game at the NBA All Star Weekend. Photo by Will Schermerhorn

Basketball is a favorite Special Olympics sport. This basketball sport center draws together sport news and stories, upcoming events and links to the Special Olympics Basketball Coaching Guide.


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Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics basketball.  View the Basketball Fact Sheet

Basketball is one of the top sports at Special Olympics. Players take it up at all ages and at all abilities, from young players learning to handle the ball and keep it under control while dribbling to older, more experienced players who have the moves and know the strategies to play challenging ball.

It's also one of the favorite sports for the Special Olympics Unified Sports initiative, when players with and without intellectual disabilities form teams to play other unified teams. It's a learning experience that's also a lot of fun. 


News and Stories


October 09, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Singapore

NBA 3X Raises S$5,000 for Special Olympics Singapore

By Karyn Tan

Horace Grant (left) assisting one of NBA Cares athlete during the NBA Cares clinic for athletes from Special Olympics Singapore, Singapore Disability Sports Council and Grace Orchard School at Stadium Roar on 27 September afternoon. (Photo Credit: NBA 3X)

A total amount of SGD$5,000 was raised in support of Special Olympics Singapore during NBA 3X Singapore, the 3-day basketball fiesta held from 26-28 September 2014.View Story A total amount of SGD$5,000 was raised in support of Special Olympics Singapore during NBA 3X Singapore, the 3-day basketball fiesta held from 26-28 September 2014. Back for its second edition after a successful debut last year, the NBA 3X Singapore ended on a high with the winning teams of the 3x3 competition taking part in the adidas’ Shoot-For-Charity Challenge to raise funds for charity. An amount of more than $400 was raised at the challenge and the NBA contributed additional funds to bring the final donation amount to S$5,000. NBA Legend Horace Grant, who was also in town for the event, conducted a special clinic for the athletes of Special Olympics Singapore, Grace Orchard School and Singapore Disability Sports School as part of the League’s NBA Cares’ program.

About Karyn Tan:Communications Manager, Asia Pacific region
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October 06, 2014 | SOI: Europe-Eurasia

NBA Stars host Unified Basketball clinics in Berlin and Istanbul

By Suzanne Coogan

Recent NBA Unified Basketball clinic held in Madrid.

As part of 2014 NBA Global Games, players from the San Antonio Spurs will host Unified basketball clinics this week for Special Olympics athletes and local young people in Berlin and Istanbul.View Story As part of 2014 NBA Global Games, players from the San Antonio Spurs will host Unified basketball clinics this week for Special Olympics athletes and local young people in Berlin and Istanbul. 30 Special Olympics athletes from across Germany and 40 athletes from Basketball AID will play at the O2 World Arena, Berlin on Tuesday Oct 7. The Spurs are in Berlin for the team’s 2014 NBA Global Games pre-season showdown against Alba Berlin. From Berlin the NBA stars travel to Istanbul for their pre-season match against Fenerbahçe Ülker Istanbul. Ahead of that game the Spurs stars will host a Unified basketball clinic with 40 Special Olympics athletes and 25 local youth on October 10. The NBA’s global partnership with Special Olympics began in 1979 when the league helped to introduce basketball as a new sport to the Movement. Special Olympics Unified Sports® is an inclusive sports program that combines Special Olympics athletes and players without intellectual disabilities on the same team.

About Suzanne Coogan:Senior Manager, Media and Public Awareness Special Olympics Europe Eurasia
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October 02, 2014 | North America: North Carolina

Thomas Jenkins of Murdoch Center - 2014 Special Olympics NC October "Athlete of the Month"

By Nidhi Singh

Thomas Jenkins, 2014 Special Olympics North Carolina October "Athlete of the Month"

Thomas “Tommy” Jenkins of Butner, N.C. has always admired Coach Roy Williams and UNC Basketball so when he was given the opportunity to personally meet Coach Williams and present him with an honor on behalf of Special Olympics North Carolina, he was ecstatic.View Story Thomas “Tommy” Jenkins of Butner, N.C. has always admired Coach Roy Williams and UNC Basketball so when he was given the opportunity to personally meet Coach Williams and present him with an honor on behalf of Special Olympics North Carolina, he was ecstatic. “I was asked who I had in mind to present the ‘Thank You’ plaque to Roy Williams, I immediately thought Tommy,” said Willie Moore, one of Tommy’s coaches and closest friends. “Tommy was beaming with pride.” To this day, Tommy talks about that special moment and how proud he was to present the award to Roy Williams. In his 10 years of participating in Special Olympics, Tommy has had many proud moments and continues to share his special memories with everyone around him.

About Nidhi Singh:I am the Special Olympics North Carolina communications intern and as a Tar Heel, I loved learning about Tommy's favorite Special Olympics moment when he presented an award to Coach Roy Williams!
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Upcoming Basketball Events


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Event

Location

Nov 1 - 3 2014

Special Olympics Nippon National Summer Games Fukuoka 2014

Athletes from all over Japan will come to the city of Fukuoka for the 2014 Special Olympics Fukuoka Games to participate in 3 days of competition in 12 sports. Athletes will compete in aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bowling, football, golf, gymnastics, table tennis, volleyball and equestrian.
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Sayaka Sonobe
Email:tokyo_office@son.or.jp
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Multiple locations, Fukuoka
Fukuoka , Kyushu
JAPAN

Nov 7 - 8 2014

Elena Delle Donne Girls Basketball Clinic - Delaware

Elena Delle Donne, professional basketball player with the WNBA Chicago Sky and 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year will host a Girls Basketball Clinic camp for girls ages 7 – 11 that will encourage the importance of activating youth to promote inclusion in schools via Unified Sports® through basketball. Unified Sports pairs players with intellectual disabilities with players without intellectual disabilities to play together. The Unified Basketball Clinic will involve students from Ursuline Academy and local Special Olympics athletes.
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Ursuline Academy
Wilmington, Delaware
UNITED STATES

November 09, 2014

Elena Delle Donne Girls Basketball Clinic - Delaware

Elena Delle Donne, professional basketball player with the WNBA Chicago Sky and 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year will host a Girls Basketball Clinic camp for girls ages 12 – 18 that will encourage the importance of activating youth to promote inclusion in schools via Unified Sports® through basketball. Unified Sports pairs players with intellectual disabilities with players without intellectual disabilities to play together. The Unified Basketball Clinic will involve students from the area and local Special Olympics athletes.
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Tatnall High School
Wilmington, Delaware
UNITED STATES

November 15, 2014

Elena Delle Donne Girls Basketball Clinics - Virginia

Elena Delle Donne, professional basketball player with the WNBA Chicago Sky and 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year will host two Girls Basketball Clinics for 2 camps of girls ages 7 – 12 and 13 – 18 years of age that will encourage the importance of activating youth to promote inclusion in schools via Unified Sports® through basketball. Unified Sports pairs players with intellectual disabilities with players without intellectual disabilities to play together. The Unified Basketball Clinic will involve students from Bishop O'Connell High School and local Special Olympics athletes.
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Bishop O'Connell High School
(Arlington, Virginia
UNITED STATES

November 23, 2014

Elena Delle Donne Girls Basketball Clinics - Pennsylvania

Elena Delle Donne, professional basketball player with the WNBA Chicago Sky and 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year will host two Girls Basketball Clinics for 2 camps of girls ages 7 – 12 and 13 – 18 years of age that will encourage the importance of activating youth to promote inclusion in schools via Unified Sports® through basketball. Unified Sports pairs players with intellectual disabilities with players without intellectual disabilities to play together. The Unified Basketball Clinic will involve students from Episcopal Academy and local Special Olympics athletes.
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Episcopal Academy
Newton Square, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

Mar 21 - 22 2015

2015 Basketball Tournament

Join us 21-22 March 2015 in Frederick, Maryland as over 400 athletes and 70 Unified partners from around the state compete in two days of basketball tournament action. Events will include 5 v. 5 traditional competition and well as 5 v. 5 Unified competition. For schedule and location details please refer to link below.
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Mike Czarnowsky
Email:mczarnowsky@somd.org
Phone:410-242-1515
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Hood College
401 Rosemont Ave

Frederick, Maryland
UNITED STATES

Jul 24 - Aug 2 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

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Basketball Competitions

2014 Canada Summer Games

The Special Olympics 2014 Canada Summer Games was the largest Canadian Games ever. See results and teams.


2014 USA Games

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games ran June 14-21. See results and stories.


2014 Southern California Summer Invitational Games

Special Olympics athletes from Southern California and from around the world competed in Los Angeles. See results and teams.


2013 Asia Pacific Games

Athletes from 30 Asia Pacific and East Asia regions compete in the inaugural Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games. Get schedules and results.


2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Athens, Greece, was the home of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. That year, it was the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. See results by athlete, delegation and bib number.


How to Get Involved in Special Olympics

Special Olympics sports training, coaching and competitions go on in more than 170 countries around the world. You can get involved by getting in touch with the closest Special Olympics office.

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